Delaware Education and State Information

At less than 2,500 square miles, Delaware is the country's second smallest state. Delaware has less than a dozen nonprofit colleges and universities, including Delaware State University and the University of Delaware.

Information about Delaware

The U.S. Census Bureau estimated the population of Delaware at nearly 945,000 in 2015, a more than five percent increase from the 2010 U.S. Census. The state is located on the eastern seaboard, about halfway between New York and Washington D.C., and features a mix of beach towns, farmland and bustling cities.

Delaware's climate is moderate year round. Popular beach towns in the state include Bethany Beach, Dewey Beach, Lewes and Rehoboth Beach, along with Fenwick Island. Delaware also is home to several unique museums, including the Johnson Victrola Museum in Dover. Sports fans can catch a minor league baseball game featuring the Wilmington Blue Rocks, or watch the Delaware 87ers in Newark, an affiliate of the NBA's Philadelphia 76ers.

Education in Delaware

The University of Delaware in Newark was ranked 75th among national universities by U.S. News & World Report in 2016. It also ranks as the state's largest postsecondary school, with more than 22,600 students as of Fall 2014. Other public schools in Delaware include Delaware State University in Dover and the Delaware Technical Community College campuses in Wilmington, Georgetown and Dover.

Private nonprofit schools in the state include Wesley College in Dover, Goldley-Beacom College in Wilmington, and Wilmington University in New Castle.

Economy of Delaware

Top industries in Delaware are healthcare; government; chemical, pharmaceutical and technology companies; education; and banking. The state's key crops and commodities include corn, wheat, potatoes and soybeans.

As of 2015, the state's top employers included Christiana Care Health System and Christiana Hospital, both in Newark; the U.S. 436 Military Airlift Wing at Dover Air Force Base; Adult Medicine Office Christiana in Wilmington; and Mountaire Farms of Delaware in Millsboro.

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